>50 Things to Know About the Proposed ACO Regulations

> By By Scott Becker, JD, CPA, R. Brent Rawlings, JD, Barton Walker, JD, and Lindsey Dunn | April 04, 2011 This article briefly outlines 50 things to know about the Medicare Shared Savings Program proposed rule — which established Medicare accountable care organizations — released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on March 31. The…

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>A Watershed Day for Accountable Care Organizations

> By David A. Manko, Esq. and George Choriatis, Esq.Yesterday was a watershed day for accountable care organizations (ACOs) – a new type of healthcare organization being promoted under ongoing health reform initiatives, particularly the recently enacted federal health reform legislation (the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” or “PPACA”). Such reform initiatives seek to…

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>WSJ: What is an ACO?

> By AVERY JOHNSON The 2010 health-care law encourages the development of accountable-care organizations as a way to improve care and reduce costs. So what exactly are accountable-care organizations, anyway? In broad outline, these entities propose to unite doctors and clinics or hospitals in groups that pool their resources with the goal of trimming spending…

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>New survey shows EHRs benefit even small providers

> By Mary MosqueraTuesday, March 08, 2011 A survey of studies from recent years shows that health information technology has benefited healthcare providers, even small practices, refuting other recent findings that suggest electronic health records and other health IT do not produce positive effects for patient care. Previous studies focused on the early years of…

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>Beacon IPA – Empire BCBS Partnership

> It gives me great pleasure to announce that today, March 1st, 2011 we officially go live with our agreement with Empire BCBS. We look forward to a fantastic partnership combining increases in quality of care with cost savings. We are all confident this partnership will be beneficial to all the physician providers of Beacon…

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>ACO’s Beginning to Take Form

> Below is a recent article featuring Beacon IPA in Renal Business Today…By Keith Chartier Like many physicians, Long Island, N.Y.-nephrologist Simon Prince sees a volatile situation in which more and more physician practices are becoming hospital owned amid a turbulent healthcare landscape. In fact, a recent survey of 58,000 physicians by the Medical Group…

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>EHR Incentive Programs Ready For Launch

> Eligible healthcare professionals and hospitals can begin registering to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record payment system.  By Nicole Lewis ,  InformationWeek  December 30, 2010 11:45 AMThe Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that registration for its Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) incentive programs will begin January 3, 2011.…

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